Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Theology

Theology field of degree. Employment: 376,930. Median annual wage: $40,000.

Theology field of degree. Employment: 376,930. Median annual wage: $40,000

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Table 1. Theology degree, 2018

Data

Theology

All fields

Employment

376,930 55,381,020

Median wage

$40,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

18 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

59 59

Percent with an advanced degree

44 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of theology major, 2018

Theology major

Major share

Theology and religious vocations

100%

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a theology degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Community and social service occupations

31%

Management occupations

11

Educational instruction and library occupations

10

Office and administrative support occupations

8

Sales and related occupations

6

Other

34

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a theology degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21% Doctoral or professional degree 2% 74%

Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

4 No formal educational credential 1 1

Clergy

4 Bachelor's degree 25 49

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 5 50

Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

4 Master's degree 2 55

Religious workers, all other

3 Bachelor's degree 1 25

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

2 Postsecondary nondegree award 2 1

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 2 21

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

-5 High school diploma or equivalent 1 5

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

-10 High school diploma or equivalent 1 4

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Theology,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/theology/theology-field-of-degree.htm (visited October 27, 2021).

Last Modified Date: Monday, November 30, 2020

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